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    Be a GEM this Mandela Month

    GEM is looking to raise R55 000 this month to help grow their Non-Profit app and take it to the next level! We urge you to get involved with this as its so uniquely awesome and more importantly, its for EVERYONE! Every little cent counts 🙂


    Here is a little statement from GEM…

    On 14th September 2014, a small non-profit organisation was formally registered. At the time, this baby organisation had nothing to give but HOPE and an action plan.

    GEM’s was a dream that one-day people would be able to log on their phones, find an organisation in need (where they’d feel welcome) and go about doing-good deeds in their community. We thought to ourselves, imagine a place where people with nothing to give (but their time) could feel appreciated by positively impacting others? In our hearts, that dream grew and so the mammoth task began…

    The goal? Create a mobile platform that would take the logics of reward systems and apply them to rewarding good-deeds; thus making better use of someone’s time, willingness to help and disposable income. We worked day and night to make this a reality. Our dream was for all South Africans to be able to network and to look across the tracks from one another, somehow making tangible this foreign concept of a Rainbow Nation we so desperately crave.

    It’s been 3 years since that vision was created. What many people thought would remain a pipedream has blossomed; it has excelled under the harshest conditions. We’ve experienced an overpowering pushback of naysaying, deliberation, closed doors and laughter by individuals who’ve all but lost hope in a begrudgingly sad and forgotten society. But they forgot that we also play host to the most beautiful, kind and caring citizens the world has ever seen; that along this treacherous path, we too would encounter many unsung heroes – champions of the community. With the support and the motivation of those South Africans we wholly and truly have been able to achieve the impossible. The stats speak for themselves…

    In just 3 years, GEM has grown into a fully-fledged mobile rewards platform, which operates as both a smartphone app and (free) *120*GEM1# channel. In 36 months, we’ve fostered relationships with 40 NGO organisations in 3 cities (establishing a strong, powerful grassroots network in often forgotten parts of the country). We’ve rewarded 1000’s of volunteers on a monthly basis with a small token of appreciation to help them get by. If users are simply happy to help, they donate their GEMs back to the organisation in need. Collectively, we’ve hosted over 500 community activations and we don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.

    GEM has become a mobile currency in its own right. 1 GEM is equal to 1 rand and on our platform, users are able to redeem their GEMs for airtime, electricity, data, Ster Kinekor movie tickets, Shoprite & Checkers groceries and even Vida e Caffe and KFC eVouchers! That’s right, a mobile platform that helps the unemployed do good and in turn, feed their families. It exists! So far we’ve rewarded 200 000 GEMs to over 8000 volunteers across SA. We’ve also done studies on how this small reward has had MASSIVE effects; improving health and wellbeing, increasing employability and furthering volunteerism on a more consistent basis; ultimately bringing people from all walks of life together.

    And we haven’t even gotten to the beneficiaries! Tens of thousands of misguided youth, stray animals, HIV affected orphans, the homeless, the hungry, the inspired in need of tutoring and mentorship – all of these individuals have benefitted from the GEM platform in our 3 years of operation.

    BUT here’s the thing – even though we’ve won awards, been tipped as the biggest tech-development tool to come out of the non-profit space, been told we’re innovative and forward thinking, at the end of the day we remain a Social Venture. This year we’ve faced some tough and challenging times. Do we sit back and cry foul? HELL NO, we take the bull by the horns and ride on BUT: we can’t do it alone, we need your donations to help us take it to the next level! This month, MANDELA MONTH, we’re asking you – our kind and loyal supporters to purchase GEMs and help us FILL THE GEM JAR!

    We’re pushing to expand into other cities, more impoverished areas, which possess great possibilities but with limited capacities. We can create the micro-economies these places need to help improve their living conditions! But we CANNOT do it alone. EVERY SINGLE rand (dollar, pound, euro) you donate will go towards rewarding volunteers for mentoring, caring, feeding, reading, cleaning and teaching needy beneficiaries who have so much to gain.

    So this month (MANDELA MONTH) we’re taking the high road, stopping along the way to pay tribute to the great words of Mr. Ian Thomas, “Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”

    Indeed, there are still beautiful, kind and empathetic people in this world. People who want to help and who DO help. Some of them volunteer with their time and efforts and some with their networks and resources. And so dear friends, it has come time for us as GEM to request assistance with the latter.We understand that not everyone can find the time or availability, or is maybe not close to one of our locations, and that’s why we’ve made it easy – donate! Help us make a difference in the lives of SO MANY ordinary South Africans; to continue to positively impact 1000’s of people every month. We’re filling the GEM Jar and be it with love or money – your support means the world.

    “If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.” Robert Fritz

    Yours in the pursuit of a greater, common good.
    The GEM Team,

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    After The Burn: The Garden Route Love

    After The Burn: The Garden Route Love is a documentary produced by NAB, a trio-Cape Town based production company, tells the story of pain, suffering, hope and mercy felt by the victims of the recent Garden Route disasters.

    The documentary covers more than the mainstream media would bother to attend to while staying true to the message of hope and comradery; but you’ll have to watch the documentary to understand for yourself.

    Full documentary:

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    Mark Stent on how to be a “Joburg Babe”…

    South African DJ/Producer, Mark Stent, took to Facebook today to voice his opinion about how to be a JHB girl. The post include some great tips to give us all a deeper understanding of what it takes to be the perfect Joburg Babe.

    Have a read…

    UPDATE: The original post was actually done by Ryan Morris who titled it “How to be a Durbs Babe 101”. You can find that post HERE

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    Help #SaveKnysna

    As the reality of yesterday’s events set in and we realize that in fact it wasn’t a horrible dream, many people are left still dealing with the ongoing devastation that the storm has brought about. Unfortunately its not over, and while homes are being rebuilt in Cape Town they are still burning in Knysna and Plett as mass evacuations are still taking place and have been throughout the night. Unfortunately people are not just loosing their homes but there are reports of at least 5 casualties thus far.

    Source: @MyNews24 on Twitter

    Feeling helpless?

    If you can spare a thought, a moment, a buck and help out in this time of disaster here’s what you can do:

    Victims of the fire as well as the hard working fire fighters are in desperate need of non-perishable food, water, toiletries, nappies and warm clothes.

    Drop off points in Cape Town: which will go directly through to Knysna and be distributed through the central disaster risk management center:

    • Goodwood fire station
    • Strand fire station
    • Roeland street Fire station (CBD)

    DHL has also offered their services and a list of drop off spots around the country can be found HERE

    Or alternatively if you’re sitting in your office, home or university you can easily log into Pick n pay online where you can purchase items to be donated directly to the victims, its simple, and takes about 5 seconds.

    If you’re along the garden route you can also drop off donations at any of these centers:

    • Garden route mall: Drop-off points atInformation Kiosk or Centre Management
    • Eden Meander Lifestyle Centre: drop-off point at Centre management
    • Mosselbaai Mall Heiderand: drop-off point at Centre Management office opposite, the post boxes
    • Langeberg Mall: Drop-off point at Centre Management
    • Knysna: drop-off point Knysna at the forecourt in front of Woolworths or center management

    Alternatively you can also donate to the #SaveKynsna disaster fund: itickets.co.za/events/382101

    It’s extremely sad to be hearing reports of fake donation accounts, so please make sure you make use of reputable places so that your help will reach those that really need it.

    Source: Philippa Glazer on Facebook

    Every small bit counts, and if we all pull together and donate a little bit it will make a huge difference to those who really need it.

    For more information and updates on the fires as well as how to help out check out the Knysna fire community on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/groups/knysnafire/

    Our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone affected by not only the fire but the storm as well!

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    R60 can shelter someone for 5days during this stormy period

    Donating just R60 can help 1 person sleep comfortably for 5 days.

    It’s all fun ‘n games for us to be making memes whole day, but we also try help out where we can. The Haven Night Shelter has launched their “buy a bed” campaign which allows people who are more privileged to help those less fortunate.

    Most homeless people know that they have to pay shelter fees starting from R12 per night. These shelter fees are not a goal it self but more that homeless adults learn to take responsibility again. Sometimes homeless people use that as an excuse not to come to the shelter. With the “Buy a bed” campaign we encourage the community to cover their shelter fees for the first 5 nights and help us to be a sustainable organisation.

    If you wish to help them, CLICK HERE to “buy a bed” for just R60

    Social links:

    Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheHavenNightShelter 

    Twitter – twitter.com/TheHavenWO


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    What to do when #StormCovfefe hits Cape Town…

    As we all know, tomorrow is D-day for the mother of all storms to hit the Cape of Goodhope.

    Some have said that this storm could be the worst Cape Town has experienced in the last 30years! We decided to put together a little guide to help you through the trying time of being a Capetonian.

    1. Be water-wise and wash your car


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    2. Be a true South African and have some friends over for a braai


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    3. Set some Cape Town records for the biggest wave surfed


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    4. Take lots of photos for social media


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    5. Apparently mowing your lawn during a storm is the “in thing”

    6. Take a cycle on the promenade for a front seat view


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    7. Water-wise tip #2 hang your dirty laundry outside


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    Just remember…


    This post is all fun ‘n games, but please spare a thought for those less fortunate and help with donations where you can 🙂

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    There is a new “Margaret” but this time, it’s a video…

    As we all learned last year, sending nudes is a very risky business. Especially when you send it to a group by mistake. Margaret taught us to take it on the chin and just move on with our lives.

    A few months later and something new has surfaced. This time it’s a video sent to a study group… The video allegedly pictures a female university student from Stellenbosch / Cape Town area masturbating. We are pretty sure she wanted to send it to someone special in her life.

    The screenshots below are from the student group where the initial video was sent.

    For the privacy and safety of the people involved, all names and images have been blocked out.

    Keep the nudes safe people, or don’t send them at all!

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    KFC located in Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead on Google Maps

    BREAKING: Footage Of KFC Cook Sharpening Knives On The Pavement

    It was recently discovered on Google Maps that there is a KFC located in Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

    We’re not quite sure what to make of this, but somehow there is a registered KFC Nkandla branch. Whether or not there is KFC or not, we think what’s troubling is the fact that it is not THAT hard to imagine something so ridiculous being real!

    What we found rather interesting was the 4.0 star review… Does not sound like the kind of behaviour we’d expect from the Nkandla homestead!

    FYI: Nkandla is the town and not Jacob Zuma’s house for those that have read this far…

    When all is said and done, we’re just hoping that this KFC has better service than other branches that have come to our attention…

    BREAKING: Footage Of KFC Cook Sharpening Knives On The Pavement

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    Villiersdorp Law Enforcement throwing apples at criminals

    A video has emerged and since gone viral of law enforcement offices from Villiersdorp throwing apples at thieves…

    Sources have said that the men were stealing apples and were apprehended by law enforcement. The video belows shows how the law enforcement officers begin throwing apples and laughing at them.

    All thats left to say is “Who cider they on?”

    Video via Kevi van Wyk on Facebook

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    Harry Potter fan film Teaser trailer released

    Tryangle Films, an independent film company have released the first trailer for Voldemort: Origins of the Heir.

    The film is a non-profit fan film but this does not mean that they have skimped on quality at all. The idea was born while re-reading the sixth book of the saga, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

    What made Tom Riddle become Voldemort? What happened in those years, and what really went down at Hogwarts when he came back? There are some clues in the books which have not been transposed at all in the movies, but a lot goes unspoken. This is the story we want to tell: the rise of the Dark Lord before Harry Potter and his first demise. – Tryangle Films

    We are super excited about this film…



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    Early morning aerobics session on lions head featuring a dinosaur and a unicorn man…

    Some things you will only see happen in Cape Town and this is one of them…

    This morning at 7:30am people who had hiked Lions Head were treated to this strange yet AWESOME early morning dance routine. According to a source, the guy involved is a vlogger who goes by the name Fun for Louis!

    Thanks Mathew Snelling for the footage!

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